Question About Preparing Similac in Batches

Updated on July 22, 2012
M.M. asks from Mahopac, NY
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I prepare batches of Similac powdered formula and keep it in the fridge for when I need it. The "recipe" Similac gave me when I called their 800 number was 23oz of water to 1 level cup of powder. The yield is 26 oz of formula. This is fine now while my baby does not go through 26 oz in a day yet, but soon she will. I want to make a larger amount and not fuss with individual scoops of formula if possible, but as you bakers and cooks know, simply preparing another half a recipe (11 1/2 oz water to 1/2 cup powder) may not work right. Does anyone know of a "recipe" for powdered Similac with a bigger yield, or do you have any ideas for my obtaining one? AND, if the answer is obvious and I'm just not thinking of it, please don't verbally beat me up. I'm a little foggy lately due to sleep deprivation :)

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answers from Appleton on

You can put the powder in the bottles ahead of time and then add the water as needed. It's much easier to transport and doesn't need to be refrigerated.

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answers from Oklahoma City on

I just used the cans of formula that was concentrated and mixed it with equal parts of nursery water or distilled. Then I kept it in the fridge. It was a lot easier than trying to keep the powder lid on and trying to do so much.

I would think that Similac would have a recipe if you gave them a call.

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answers from Washington DC on

I would put the water in ahead of time in the bottles and put the amount in a plastic container that stores the formula then you just dump and mix. That way you wouldn’t have to worry about warming it up. Once you make a bottle you should put it in the fridge within an hour. A baby shouldn’t drink cold formula. And Putting the powder in before the water will not give you the right amount of liquid. good luck!

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answers from New York on page 17 talks about safely preparing formula batches for future use at home, to be used within 24 hours.

It says the boiled water should still be 70 degrees C (158 degrees F) when it's mixed with the powdered formula, and be refrigerated at at least 5 degrees C (41 degrees F).



answers from Cincinnati on

You only want to make as much as your baby will drink in a day. If you look at the back of the can it will tell you that pre made formula will keep for 24hrs in the fridge. I know it is a pain to scoop it out. My baby eats 24 oz a day (plus cereal). I make 4 bottles at night before going to bed (5 oz each, I make two four oz and two 6 oz and then take an ounce from each six ounce bottle and add it to the four ounce) then I make one more four ounce for her the next day before she goes to sleep. So I am not making bottles all day.



answers from Amarillo on

Back in the day I would just make up to seven or eight bottles (glass) and put them in the frig. I knew the time I would feed, I would pull a bottle out so that it was room temp and feed. I usually made bottles every other day. There were usually eight full bottles lined up in a roow on one side and as many bottles of beer on the other.

Know how many bottles you will need per day and make that many up and have an extra or two just in case baby gets hungry or goes on a growth spurt.

What age is your baby? That will possibly help with the amount you need to make.

It will all work out. Try to sleep when baby sleeps.

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answers from Louisville on

I used same thing as Gamma when mine were babies.

However, you don't say the age of the babe - but that child will soon go more than 26oz in a day. Does your pedi have a limit on how much formula child is to get in a day? Just wondering - and maybe it's old fashioned, but my pedi held kids to a quart of formula a day (you're very close) - at that point, he would want foods introduced.

(and my last one would inhale a bottle - pedi did not like that I went over that amt of formula, so that bugger got food earlier than the others!)



answers from Detroit on

once the baby gets to about 32 oz of formula per day.. they start eating sold ifood so the amoutn of formula they drink is reduced..

So you really wouldnt need to make a double batch of formula.

I do think most people use warmish tap water or warmish water left out on the counter.. so the bottle is not cold .so just make the bottle as needed.


answers from Los Angeles on

I don't see why your halved recipe won't work. am I missing something?

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